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New Director for Office of the Worker Adviser

  • Issued: May 9, 2012
  • Content last reviewed: May 2012


Ontario has named Alec Farquhar as the Director of the Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA). The OWA, an independent agency of the Ontario Ministry of Labour, provides free services to non-unionized injured workers and their survivors in workplace insurance matters. The OWA also advises and represents non-unionized workers who may have suffered reprisals for exercising their health and safety rights.

Farquhar brings 30 years of experience in workplace health and safety and workers compensation issues, and is currently Managing Director of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers. Previously he served as Director of the Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Health and Safety Branch where he was responsible for development of operational health and safety programs and partnerships.

Prior to that, Farquhar was Director of the Office of the Worker Adviser and has also served as senior policy advisor to the Chair of the Workers' Compensation Board. Farquhar has also worked as a staff lawyer in community legal clinics serving injured workers. He is fluent in French and Italian.

Farquhar will assume his new duties on June 11, 2012.


“Alec has worked closely with injured workers, developed strong relationships with them and has earned their trust. I’m proud to have a man of his integrity and compassion filling this post."
– Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Labour



Learn more about the Office of the Worker Adviser.

Greg Dennis, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7710
Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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